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Real Madrid: Ronaldo’s departure made me more ambitious, says Karim Benzema

New Delhi: The highest-scoring French player in history, Karim Benzema has asserted that he has become more ambitious since Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid, although he does give credit to CR7 for guiding him when the two were team-mates in Spain.

“It’s true that I’ve scored more goals since he left, but when he was here I was assisting and he helped me a lot on and off the pitch. But, I knew I could do more. When he left, it was time to change my play and ambition and so far it’s going well,” Benzema said at a press conference.

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Karim Benzema and Luka Modrić adressed the media during the pre-match press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki.

Modrić is determined to win the UEFA Super Cup after losing the most recent one he played in, back in 2018.

“It was a very nice journey for us, the way we won last year’s Champions League. Now we have the first trophy of the season to play for and we’re motivated and ready. We have a good squad and we’re prepared to have a very good season. We’ll give our maximum. Every competition is important for us. We remember we lost this tournament last time against Atlético and we don’t want to have that feeling again,” said Modrić.

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Benzema has replaced Marcelo as the captain of Real Madrid and if the Spanish giants win the UEFA Super Cup, it’ll be his first trophy after taking on the captain’s armband.

“To be the captain is something I’m very proud of. It’s because of all the work I’ve done since I was little. All that changes is that I’m now the first captain, but it’ll be the same in the sense of helping my teammates as much as possible. We’re the champions of Europe and we’ll give our all to win this match and to bring the trophy back to Madrid,” he said.

When asked if he considers himself the best player in the world right now, Karim Benzema answered, “I’m not going to say if I’m the best or not. But, each year I try to give my maximum for the best club in the world. I have to play to a high level every year, but it’s true that last year’s level was very good. I just try to help my team in the matches. I’m not thinking about Marcelo’s record, but I’m going to try to win as many trophies as possible. I’ve always said that the collective trophies are more important than the individual ones.”

 

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